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By Len Kiese - bio | email

LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) - As South Georgians recover from weekend severe weather, Mother Nature is gearing up to throw a couple more punches.

We could get another foot of rain over the next few days. That means areas hit by flash flooding over the weekend could get hit again. South Georgia residents and emergency managers are doing what they can to prepare.

Monday was full of sunshine all over South Georgia as the rays spilled through the trees. But just a couple of days ago, the sun gave way to severe weather. Up to ten inches of rain fell across the area.

"We're looking for some more rain this week," said Lee County resident Jimmy Tucker.

The threat of more rain coming isn't good news for Tucker and the other folks from the Stonegate Manor Apartment complex in Lee County. "When it rains, it gets kind of rough out in that ditch out there," said Tucker.

The ditches right next to the apartments are still brimming with water from Saturday's downpour. They often flood the streets and people fear the worst with more rain so soon.

"You never know. It's really dangerous," said Tucker.

"Anytime we've got weather like this, certainly we're concerned," said Lee County Fire Chief/EMA Director James Howell. Howell says this is a nightmare week for emergency management.

"It's unusual when we get back to back storms like that," said Howell. South Georgia EMA Directors had a conference call Monday afternoon to make sure they're prepared for the upcoming storms. Howell is concerned about minor flooding in low lying areas of the county.

"We thought we were out of the woods a little bit but here we are looking at another three cells coming at us," said Howell.

It'll now just be a waiting game but the county is prepared. "We all work together," said Howell, "public works, fire, EMS, and law enforcement. We all work together when we have these types of events."

These types of events are just too close for Tucker.  He worries about kids falling into the deep water. "They need to do something about that ditch out there for real. They really need to do something about that ditch out there," said Tucker.

Lee County was mostly spared last go round. What'll happen when the sun dims from view this time is just as uncertain as the weather. "We hope for the best and prepare for the worst," said Howell.

The city of Leesburg is working to get a grant to replace those ditches at Stonegate Manor with a 54-foot covered drainage pipe. Right now it doesn't appear the Kinchafoonee and Muckalee Creeks will cause serious flooding problems.  

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